Summary: Comments on union elections and favors John L. Lewis because of his opposition to war. Colorful description of her surroundings and the changing seasons. News of a wedding, illness, a birth, and visitors. (The Catholic Worker, December 1941, 1, 4. DDLW #377).
Summary: Renews opposition to peacetime conscription and urges readers to write the government, talk about it at meetings, and pray and do penance–“This program is open to us all.” Enrolls her daughter in a “domestic science” school in Montreal. Includes a canticle of thanksgiving about little beauties in the city. (The Catholic Worker, November 1941, 1, 4. DDLW #376).
Summary: A letter to a bed-ridden Catholic Worker telling of their new women’s house of hospitality–Mary’s House. Describes bits of beauty in the city, many visitors and conversations, and the condition of miners in Chile. (The Catholic Worker, October 1941, 1, 4, 7. DDLW #375).
Summary: Describes the Catholic Worker silent retreat at the farm in Easton, Pennsylvania. Says the retreat is “a course of instruction in basic principles and tactics”–a time “to gird up the loins and strengthen oneself for the strong combat.” (The Catholic Worker, September 1941, 1, 3. DDLW #374).
Summary: Diary-like account of a trip to Catholic Worker houses and farms through the Midwest. Ends on retreat in Pittsburgh given by Fr. Hugo and says they left renewed, with a new perspective. (The Catholic Worker, July/August 1941, 1,3. DDLW #373).
Summary: Expounds on the value of manual labor and the opening of new Catholic Worker houses. Argues that it is right that the Catholic Worker campaign against the underlying social injustices which cause hunger, poverty, homelessness, and war. Asks for respect when views differ. (The Catholic Worker, May 1941, 1, 4. DDLW #372).
Summary: Involves the C.W. in strikes in order to spread Catholic social teaching and promote better living conditions. Combats the charge that the C.W. is communist and encourages spiritual weapons to fight communism. (The Catholic Worker, April 1941, 1,4. DDLW #147).
Summary: Describes her busy speaking schedule and laments that there’s so much to do. Advises sowing time to reap time. Attends meetings in Baltimore and a dinner with Sigrid Undset. (The Catholic Worker, February 1941, 1, 4. DDLW #371).
Summary: Contrasts ugliness (a street fight) and beauty (a recitation of the psalms at the house by a friend). Mentions visitors, a birth, a death, and a day of recollection. (The Catholic Worker, January 1941, 1, 4. DDLW #370).
Summary: A vivid description of a young woman leaving St. Joseph’s house by ambulance to have her baby. Expresses joy at the child’s birth even in the midst of poverty and a time of war. “With the woman the suffering brought forthy life. In war, death.” (DDLW #186). The Catholic Worker, January 1941, 1,7.